Human Right’s Day
Lifestyle Mar 18, 2019
Human Right’s Day.
Your right to enjoy the fruits of our country.
March 21 commemorates an event that became synonymous with the cruelty of apartheid. On March 21, 1960, the Sharpeville Massacre at last drew international attention to the plight of many South Africans because of racially discriminatory laws.
What the fight against apartheid was truly about was the battle for all people to share in their birth right: their intrinsic human rights. The right to live and travel freely, to not be harassed or oppressed, the right to the freedom to choose who represents you in government, and the right to run for government if you so choose. No matter who you are, no matter your gender or your race.
This event, which is remembered yearly around the world: the UN has marked March 21 as a yearly International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Many decades on, we live in a country where we see, for ourselves, how apartheid was defeated. In our mall, every day, people of all races and backgrounds walk through our doors, enjoy our cafés and restaurants, watch our emotionally-moving movies, peruse and purchase at our stores, and generally show that we have all managed to overcome a massive hurdle in the story of our country.
It’s an important holiday, because not only does it remind us of the price we paid to get to this point, but also that around the world there are still many injustices that occur.
Wars are fought, people are oppressed based on ethnicity, race, creed, religion, sexuality and gender.
March 21 is a reminder that Human Rights are rights to be safe guarded and protected at all costs.
Discussions and debates about what’s happening in the world around us take place every day in our coffee shops. Movies are often shown at our Cinema Nouveau about the very real human struggles that happen at any one moment.
And through it all, we have a mall dedicated to human rights, human dignity, and human pride in one’s own culture.
If you’re not busy on Human Rights Day, visit us and enjoy a very special public holiday.
Read more about Human Rights Day HERE